I am a parish councillor for Witham Friary, a small village south-west of Frome, Somerset. Our house is some 3.6 miles (as the wires run) from the Upton Noble exchange cabinet 1 and we can only just get 'broadband' at some 736kbps. Most of the vilage is either in a <1mbps or totally non-connectable state. Over the past couple of months BT/OpenReach have installed fibre cable along the road from the cabinet to our village and have marked up the nearby roads and now have a road closure notice from 15th October to carry out manhole work to install fibre cable. Talking to the OpenReach 'on-the-ground' surveyors/engineers they confirm that they are laying in fibre and the system will be FTTP/H by Christmas (2015).
My concern is that, as a parish council, we would like to be able to advise our parishioners about what they might be able to get as a broadband service in the near future. Some have already got satellite and have to commit to an 18 month contract. A new start-up company is promising wireless broadband by Christmas to Witham Friary and nearby villages, with a 12 month contract but only if there are sufficient potential subscribers.
I can find out nothing from Connecting Devon & Somerset regarding BT's fibre intentions and can find no contacts that can tell me when or if fibre services may be available. Can anyone give me any advice on this...do BT/OpenReach have some targets/incentives to just install fibre without making it a fully connected system. There is currently no sign at cabinet 1 of any adjacent cabinet works.